ACT Health prioritizes COVID testing for close contacts and international travelers in Canberra | Canberra Times

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Due to extremely high demand during the Christmas period, ACT Health will prioritize testing for people with the highest public health needs at Garran and Mitchell COVID-19 test centers on Monday. Waiting times from Monday at 12:00 was: This comes after waiting times of more than four hours were reported over Christmas, with sites expected to be under further pressure in the coming days, and the Mitchell test site has a capacity 90 minutes before opening on Monday morning. In addition, NSW Health has asked people not to get a COVID-19 test at Queanbeyan Hospital, with tests with reduced capacity due to the holiday. People have been asked to attend a test center in ACT. On Monday, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Garran and Mitchell’s sites will only test close contacts, people with symptoms of COVID-19, or returning international travelers. Due to the current test pressure, a negative test result collected on or after day five for fully vaccinated close contacts, which require a test to leave quarantine, will be considered sufficient to leave quarantine after day seven, provided they are asymptomatic. Individuals who are informed that they are in close contact on day four after their exposure and are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic may wish to postpone their initial test until day five or later. People who need a test for other reasons can attend Kambah’s test center during opening hours or Mitchell or Garran before noon. 11.00 and after kl. 15.00 Meanwhile, the COVID test site in Mitchell had capacity 90 minutes before opening as motorists tried to queue on Hoskins Street with staff ordering people to leave and return later. ACT Health said testing people with the highest risk of exposure and symptoms was a priority to protect society. High demand caused by pre-travel testing requirements from other jurisdictions has caused long waits at ACT Health test centers. Waiting times at outdoor test centers have also been affected by occasional weather delays. Persons aged five and over who require testing and are not close contacts, symptomatic or returning international travelers can still attend the test at our Kambah drive-through, which is open from 8am to 4pm, or at the Mitchell drive-through ( 8. -1.00 and 15.00-22.00) and Garran COVID-19 Surge Center (7.30-11.00 and 15.00-21.00). ALSO READ: While extended waiting periods can be frustrating, ACT Health has asked people to show kindness and respect to test staff. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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